Ixaris, Sabre boost payment options for online travel agents

PaymentsSource | December 13, 2019

Payments application provider Ixaris is partnering with global travel marketplace provider Sabre to expand into new markets across Europe. The Ixaris payment technology will be available through Sabre Virtual Payments, which travel buyers will use to streamline payments and avoid extra fees when paying airlines or hotels. Sabre provides a global distribution network of airlines and hotels for online travel agencies. The partnership first focuses on Europe, but it will help fuel Ixaris plans to enter into the Americas and Asia Pacific markets in the future.

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